Stevenage school granted academy status

NHC chair of governors John Simmonds, NHC principal Signe Sutherland, Thomas Alleyne headteacher Mar

NHC chair of governors John Simmonds, NHC principal Signe Sutherland, Thomas Alleyne headteacher Mark Lewis and Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland in front of the school's new sign - Credit: Archant

A SCHOOL will start the new term as an academy after the Government’s Department for Education approved its application.

The Thomas Alleyne School in Stevenage found out on Thursday that its bid for academy status had been accepted, and is now independent of Hertfordshire County Council control.

The move, which has seen the secondary school in the High Street officially renamed The Thomas Alleyne Academy yesterday (Sunday), also sees North Hertfordshire College (NHC) become the academy’s sponsor.

Thomas Alleyne will work in partnership with the college and two specialiast Da Vinci Studio schools – which NHC oversees.

Thomas Alleyne headteacher Mark Lewis said: “We are excited about the opportunities our partnership with North Hertfordshire College will provide for our staff and students. As an academy we will be able to offer a broad and innovative curriculum, delivered by inspirational teachers who prepare our students for a happy and successful future.


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“Our partnership with North Hertfordshire College and the Da Vinci Studio schools has been developing over the past year and we are looking forward to working together to create a ground-breaking educational partnership that offers a unique range of opportunities of exceptional quality for our community.”

Signe Sutherland, principal of North Hertfordshire College, said: “We are extremely pleased to be sponsoring The Thomas Alleyne Academy and working closely with the teaching and learning teams. We have already launched a joint A-level programme with Thomas Alleyne, the Da Vinci Studio schools and NHC, which offers students an extensive subject range, and we aim to build on the fantastic results that students achieved at these institutions this summer.”

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Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland said: “I am delighted Thomas Alleyne has been successful in converting to an academy. The school has a great future because it will offer parents real choice and give students an amazing educational experience.

“The school will go from strength to strength and I am proud of the efforts of all the staff who have worked so closely together in Thomas Alleyne and North Hertfordshire College to make the academy a reality. Their commitment to improving educational opportunities for the young people of our town is inspirational.”

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